Frontlist | Gita Press books fly off shelvesat Gorakhpur Mahotsav 2021

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Gorakhpur: Gita Press, the iconic publishing house of Gorakhpur, registered a spike in sales at the five-day book fair under Gorakhpur Mahotsav-2021 this year, registering more than double revenue. Gita, Ramcharitmanas and Durgasaptashati were the top selling books.
Dr Lalmani Tiwari, production manager of Gita Press, said, “In comparison to last year, the sale was double. Last year, books of Rs 40,000 were sold, and this year it crossed Rs 90,000.”
Most people, including adults and children, were attracted towards Gita and the small size Gita of Rs 10 was a hot seller with more than 500 copies getting sold.
The other publications were not able to cross the sale of 1,000 books. There were more than 8 book stalls in the book fair.
Many religious books were distributed free and the sale of Ahmadiya Muslim community books was also good. ‘Vishwa Sankat Tatha Shantipath’ by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad in Hindi, English and Urdu were distributed free.
The Guidance International in India organization distributed books free for propagation of Christianity.
The demand for books of Rajprakashan was also good and copies of book ‘Nath Sampraday’ written by Hazari Prasad Dwivedi were sold within two days.
Ram Singh of Rajkamal Publication said Rag Darbari by Srilal Shukla, Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandit by Ashok Pandey, Chitralekha by Bhagwati Chandra Verma were high on demand.
Vani Publication books like ‘Bharatiya Aandolan and Rashtrawad’ by Irfan Habib, ‘Hindi Bhasha aur Sahitya ka Itihas’ by Sanjay Singh Baghel and ‘Kaar-e-Jahan Daraz Hai’ by Qurratulain Hyder were the best sellers from the stall.
Dinesh Kumar of Vani Prakashan said ‘Lajja’ of Taslima Nasreen and ‘Hindu Ekta Banam Gyan ki Rajniti’ by Abhai Kumar Dubey also sold well.
Ruby Srivastav of Janchetna Publication said many people liked ‘Jail Notebook’ and ‘Main Nastik Kyun Hoon’ by Bhagat Singh.

Source: Times of India

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